We picked 25 pounds of these red beauties, which we believe were the Jewel and Winona varieties. A few pounds found their way to homemade jam, but most of the berries were eaten straight out of the box. I ate a good 4 to 6 pounds myself. In one day. And yes, it was worth the stomach ache.
I don't think I could eat 4-6 pounds of berries every day, but I could definitely go for a strawberry spinach salad drizzled with balsamic at least once a day. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are meant to mingle. It may sound odd to you, but they improve each other, drawing out new flavors you don't want to miss. (Though this particular batch of berries needed no improvement.)
If I haven't inhaled all the strawberries straight up, then I also enjoy stirring them into lemon yogurt. In my world strawberries straight out of the field are pure delight. I may even pick a few more pounds this week, just because I can. Yes, these berries are a gift that undoubtedly belong on this week's thankful list.
Food for Thought: "If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable." -Rainer Maria Rilke